9 days in Queensland Itinerary

9 days in Queensland Itinerary

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9 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Brisbane
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h
2
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  5​h
3
Cairns
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then get in on the family fun at Wheel of Brisbane.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane trip builder website .

Sydney to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach
Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Airlie Beach tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Airlie Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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2
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Airlie Beach to Cairns takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in October, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Lagoon Pool ©
Esplanade Lagoon Pool

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 8th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, look for gifts at With Sugar, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Port Douglas route planning website .

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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